A Toronto based mosque has been demanding that Canadian business establishments allow Muslim women to follow their religious practices while at the same time it denounces Western ideas and spreads hatred against Jews. The Khalid Bin Al-Walid Mosque serves over 10,000 Muslims in Toronto and supports efforts by some Somalia women to be allowed to follow their religious practices while at work. The mosque website frequently refers to Westerners as “wicked,” “corrupt,” “our clear enemies” and even blames Jews as the cause of changing clothing attire it deems to violate the Muslim religion. The website suggests watching sporting events in which women compete is against Muslim practice since they wear skimpy clothes.
At the center of the women’s case against a UPS plant is the company’s policy on clothing. UPS is concerned that a longer dress might pose safety threats and insists all people working in its plant adhere to the same clothing requirements. On one hand, the mosque defends the right of Muslim women to wear their own style clothes, but on the other hand it argues Muslim women should not work outside the home. According to the website, “It is in clear opposition t the texts of the Shariah that order the women to remain in their houses and to fulfill the type of work that is particular for her.” However, these women indicated they had to work for economic reasons.